Royalty of Musical Theatre

When it comes to musicals, there are different kinds of characters. That even includes those who are of royalty- either born into it or married into it. Most of the time, these characters are part of Disney musicals, but there are few exceptions. So, which characters are of royalty (the ones I love)?

Anastasia

Yes, she was someone who actually existed. In the real Romanav story, she did get killed, but the musical is a “what if” story. What if she had survived? In the musical, we get to know her as Anya. She is strong and vulnerable, who has to relearn her past.

Frozen

Elsa- She is the older sister born into royalty. Born with snow and ice powers, which she doesn’t know how to control. She eventually became Queen of Arendelle, but after accidentally showing her power, she runs away ashamed, but caused an eternal winter. She is misunderstood due to being called a “monster”. She reminds me of Elphaba, in a way.

Anna– The younger sister of Elsa. She is outgoing, full of life, and impulsive. During her journey to find Elsa, she finds help in Kristoff (after all, he knows mountains). She just wants a better relationship with her sister

Kristoff– Yes, not born into royalty, but due to falling in love with Anna, he counts

Lion King

Mufasa and Simba– King and Prince of Pride Rock. Mufasa is an incredible king, who teaches his son incredible life lessons. Due to a jealous brother, Mufasa’s life is tragically short-lived, but Simba mistakenly thinks that he killed his father (he was only a cub when that happened). He grows up with that guilt, and eventually fights Scar for his rightful place as King

Nala– She is Simba’s best friend and eventually lover. She is strong as shown in “Shadowland”- she knows she has to leave Pride Rock to get help. Crazily enough, Nala and Simba find each other again- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (my favorite Lion King song). Due to Simba eventually becoming King, Nala became Queen

Aladdin

Jasmine and Aladdin– Jasmine is the strong princess in this musical. She wants to marry for love. She and Aladdin find a connection in the market (“A Million Miles Away”). The two of them do fall in love- “A Whole New World”.

Beauty and the Beast

Belle– She is the protagonist of this musical. She is strong, unique, and a bookworm. She eventually has to deal with The Beast, who starts out selfish and unkind. At least, she helps him change. Little does she know, she will fall in love with him.

Beast– He is the prince of this musical. He is actually a human who was changed into a beast by an enchantress, who saw there was no love in his heart. Like I said, he started off unkind, selfish, and with a temper. But after scaring off Belle, he realizes he needs to change. The two develop feelings in “Something There” and fall in love during “Beauty and the Beast”. Good thing, he eventually let her go.

Wicked

Fiyero– He is the Winkie Prince of this musical. Just like the Beast, he starts out as a jerk. He changes from being a jerk to softening up to becoming a mature and courageous young man. A lot of his transformation comes from his role in the love triangle. He is more complex than you think.

Musicals I Still Hope to See

Just like bookworms have their TBR list, musical theatre fans have their TBW list. When I am referring to the musicals that still have to be watched, I am talking about seeing them in person. Some of them are still waiting to return to the US. So, what is on that list as of now (not going to include those I already saw)?

Beauty and the Beast

This is the Disney musical that still needs to be watched. The first time it toured the US, I still was too young. Belle is the classic Disney princess I relate to the most. Filled with romantic, exciting, and emotional songs. The musical is magical in more ways than one- a lot of that has to do with the enchanted castle. “Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite song from this musical

Cinderella

I only have seen two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals in person. If I see a third, Cinderella is the one I want to see the most. I feel like it is has the same magical and romantic nature that Beauty and the Beast has. It toured a few years ago, but missed my chance thanks to school.

Something Rotten

The Renaissance is one of my favorite time periods in history. I heard some of its songs, and already love them. The song, “A Musical”, is perfect for musical theatre fans to listen to.

Once

This is a musical I feel like will never return to the US. All I have seen is the movie, but I really want to see the stage show. Just like Cinderella, I missed a chance to see the stage show due to school. “Falling Slowly” is my favorite song from this musical. The songs have a folk nature, and I love how they are played by the actors- you almost have to be a quadruple threat to be in this musical.

Oliver

Yes, I saw the stage show before, but have no memory. This was back in Summer of 2007. I want to see Oliver again to have an actual memory. After reading the book and eventually seeing the musical movie, I found a new love for the musical.

Countries that Musicals take Place In

One of the most amazing things about musicals belong to their settings. I am not just referring to the actual location, but also the time period. Some places are more common than others, and some are fictional. This is only referring to stage shows. So, where have I seen musicals take place in?

North America

Canada- Come From Away

United States (a lot take place here); usually leave some states out

  • NYC- Newsies, Annie, Rent, West Side Story
  • Oklahoma- Oklahoma
  • Vermont- White Christmas
  • (River City), Iowa- Music Man
  • California- Grease
  • Maryland- Hairspray

Africa

Lion King- this is the only musical that takes place here as of now; as in the ones I saw

Russia

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Anastasia- partly in St. Petersburg

Middle East

  • Agrabah- Aladdin is the one musical that takes place somewhere in this region. Yes, the town is fictional, but we know where it would be placed on the earth

Europe- a lot

  • England- Oliver, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins
  • Austria- Sound of Music
  • Greece- Mamma Mia
  • Spain- Man of La Mancha
  • (Arendelle), Norway- Frozen
  • France- Anastasia: partly, Beauty and the Beast- fictional town, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis

OZ

Of all settings, this is the most fictional. 100% fictional and that is one of the best parts about it. This is where Wicked takes place- the story of Elphaba and Glinda’s powerful and beautiful friendship. Everything about the show feels OZian- from the names of characters to the costumes to the set to the sound of the songs (you truly feel transported to OZ)

NYC Musicals I Like or Love

As musical theatre fans know, certain countries and locations are popular with musicals. Many musicals take place in US- a popular setting is in NYC in different parts during various time periods. So, what musicals do I either love or like that take place in NYC?

West Side Story

This modernized “Romeo and Juliet” musical is one I have mixed feelings on. It isn’t like I don’t like the musical. I feel like it is in between liking and loving- does that make sense? It is driven through dance. Instead of feuding families, we know have feuding gangs. Instead of Verona, we are now in NYC. Our two central characters are Tony and Maria- in my opinion, Tony is the more dominant. “Somewhere” is my favorite song from this tragic musical.

Rent

Now, we are in a musical that is on the East Side of NYC. This takes place during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Based on the tragic opera, La Bohème, we see the bohemian lifestyle through struggling artists. There are three couples found in Rent, with the main one being on Roger and Mimi. The friends are basically like family- Roger, Mimi, Mark, Joanne, Maureen, Collins, and Angel have an incredible friendship. The musical does have an incredible message of how to live life- in love and in the moment. “Seasons of Love” is my favorite song.

Newsies

The Disney musical that takes place in Manhattan- it centers on the Newsboy Strikes of 1899. The Newsies have a tough life, but their friendship is a brotherly bond that feels like family. Their leader is Jack Kelly. The Newsies go on strike due to Pultizer raising the price of papers- a decision that will make their jobs harder. This musical has exciting and emotional songs, an inspiring story and mind-blowing dance. “Seize the Day” is my favorite song.

Annie

I went with this one last because it is a childhood musical. Annie was my favorite musical back in elementary school. Taking place during The Great Depression, it is about Annie’s time spent at Daddy Warbuck’s mansion over the Holidays. She has this incredible optimism and spirit, as seen through “Tomorrow”, my favorite song from the show.

October 2022 in Review

This month was one of the BEST months of the year. It was filled with highlights- all of which happened near each other. This is the first month I couldn’t finish reading a book.

Sugar Mountain

This started the month of October. I am a mountain person so any visit to the mountain is worth it. Sugar Mountain is near places like Blowing Rock, Boone, Linville, and Valle Crucis. Visiting the towns are worth it, and so is hiking. One of the biggest reasons why I am a mountain person has to do with the hiking- one of the ways I feel spiritually connected to God has to do with the hikes (especially at views and overlooks).

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/10/05/sugar-mountain-beginning-of-october/

Bitty and Beau’s Celebration

It has been hard to believe how long Bitty and Beau’s Charlotte has existed. When the 9th of October hit, they were able to celebrate their 1st year anniversary. Complete with multiple conga lines, dances, singing, employees were recommended to wear leis, boas, or hats provided at the store, and encouraged to wear a “Bitty and Beau’s” shirt and of course there was cake

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/10/10/bitty-and-beaus-celebration/

Anastasia

This was the BIG highlight that I was knew was going to happen. I wanted to see this musical since falling in love with five of its songs. It was another theater date with my mom. It was the 2nd musical I saw this year. I somehow knew I was going to love it. After the show ended, I bought the soundtrack (“Journey to the Past” is my favorite song from the show).

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/10/12/journey-to-the-past/

Hilton Head

So in one month, I went to the mountains and the beach. I do enjoy the beach- I don’t mind walking on it. Hilton Head felt a bit different this year- I was actually enjoying it a lot more. There was barley any opportunity to walk on the beach (but we still had time to get that).

Dressing up for Work

One of my favorite about the week leading up to Halloween is being in costume for work. This year, I decided to be a Newsie. Most of the costume was easy to find- I already had the hat, shirt, and shoes—–but we had to find the pants and jacket. The jacket was a huge struggle- good thing a member from church decided to make it for me